Movers and Shakers

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Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co. announced the election of Wendy Goodwin as president and treasurer.


She joined the company in 1993 and is the third generation of Goodwins to lead the company, succeeding her father, Gordon Goodwin, and grandfather, E.L. Goodwin, who acquired the company in 1939.

An active sailor, she has won numerous championships on a regional and national level.

Cape Cod Shipbuilding is a sailboat builder and boatyard. The company has the exclusive rights to build the Nat Herreshoff-designed H-12-1/2, Bull’s Eye, Goldeneye and Marlin, and it builds the Mercury, Shields One-Design and Atlantic.

Trojan Battery Co., a maker of deep-cycle batteries, named John Warren chief financial officer.

Prior to joining Trojan Battery in 2006, Warren served in financial operations management positions with ConAgra Foods and Mattel Inc. and was responsible for manufacturing and corporate finance, planning and analysis.

He received an M.B.A. from the Boston University Graduate School of Management with an emphasis in finance. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass.

Dana Scott was named director of sales and marketing for SpinSheet Publishing Co.

SpinSheet’s publications include SpinSheet magazine, PropTalk magazine, Start Sailing Now and The PortBook.

Dometic Marine recently appointed Aneta Mielniczuk aftermarket sales manager for Poland.

Mielniczuk has core responsibility for driving sales, further strengthening customer relationships and establishing new partners within the country.

Hank Sibley joined Bluewater Yacht Sales as a yacht broker.

Sibley began working in the marine industry with his father at Gloucester Yachts and Chesapeake Powerboats in the mid-1980s. He has since worked in sales capacities in the construction and marine supply businesses and most recently has been selling new and brokerage boats for Max King Marine in Virginia Beach, Va.

He is a longtime sport fisherman, and in recent years he has been a part of Team Marlin Maniac.

Bluewater is the Mid-Atlantic dealer for Viking Yachts, Princess Yachts and Regulator Marine, as well as Sabre Yachts, Back Cove Yachts and Duffy Electric Boats in the southern Chesapeake. It operates from four locations: Kent Narrows, Md.; Hampton, Va.; and two in North Carolina — Wrightsville Beach and Wanchese in the Outer Banks.

Weems & Plath promoted Patricia Darnell to Eastern territory manager after one year as Northeastern territory manager.

She will be responsible for the company’s largest sales territory, which includes the eastern United States, eastern Canada and the Caribbean.

Darnell has been with Weems & Plath for more than 20 years, beginning her career in the accounting department.

Ohio Sea Grant Extension announced Sarah Orlando as its new clean marinas coordinator.

Based at the Office of Coastal Management in Sandusky, Orlando will promote the Clean Marinas and Clean Boaters programs by encouraging marina and boat owners to use best management practices to preserve environmental resources. She also will coordinate the boat shrink-wrap recycling program and educate the public about the problems facing Lake Erie’s Western Basin.

Orlando holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wittenberg University and a master’s of marketing research degree in marine resources management from Texas A&M University. In 2009 she worked as an assistant lab manager at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory, and in 2008 she was a biological field station assistant at the lab.

International Yacht Collection named Capt. Andre Peens director of yacht management.

His extensive experience includes piloting and managing some of the most recognizable superyachts in the world for private use and charter: the 286-foot Oceanco, Seven Seas; the 280-foot Royal Denship Princess Mariana; the 245-foot Blohm+Voss, Katana; the 165-foot Feadship, Iroquois; and the 145-foot Heesen, Artful Dodger.

Peens will be responsible for the comprehensive yacht management program for the IYC fleet; new client development; sales of management services; expansion of the fleet; personnel and financial administration; establishment of core vendor relationships toward worldwide fleet discounts; expansion of the division in relation to project management and new construction; and the establishment of a crew placement division.

Grand Banks Northwest broker Harry Walp was elected to the board of the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association.

Walp will help manage the general affairs of the organization, including the January and September boat shows, facilitate youth and education programs and collaborate on boating safety initiatives.

Walp began his three-year commitment to the board in January.

Dominion Marine Media, the division of Dominion Enterprises that operates, and, announced that Daniel Belton was appointed global business development director.

Belton, a lifelong sailor, joins the company after holding senior sales and marketing directorships in both the marine and technology industries. He will manage sales strategy in North America and Europe to grow revenue and build new business. Belton’s role also will include the development of strategic sales initiatives on a global level that strengthen Dominion Marine Media’s position within the marine industry.

Prior to joining Dominion Marine Media, Belton spent six years as a senior director at Intel Corp. in the United Kingdom. His career includes experience as a professional sailboat racing captain; four years as sales manager at Ancasta, Europe’s largest yacht brokerage and boat dealership; and sales and marketing director for Hugh Symons, a substantial, family-owned mobile communications company.

Marinalife appointed Tina Kelsey its regional sales representative for Georgia, South Carolina and Connecticut.


In addition to her new sales role at Marinalife, Kelsey owns and operates Kelsey Creative, an advertising agency that represents several New England-based marine businesses. The business’ recent relocation to the Savannah, Ga., area placed Kelsey in a position to represent Marinalife.

Joe Fortin joined the Smith Yacht Sales brokerage team.

He has more than 25 years of experience in the marine industry, the company said.

Smith Yacht Sales has locations in Greenwich, R.I., and Hingham, Mass.

Following a recent restructuring of Sail America’s administrative and bookkeeping functions, Kayce Florio and Stephanie Grove joined the organization.

Florio, of Lighthouse Consulting, was hired to provide bookkeeping and financial management services for Sail America. Lighthouse Consulting is based in Warren, R.I., and it provides management services for a number of associations, including the Association of Marina Industries, the International Marina Institute and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association.

Grove joined Sail America on a part-time basis to provide administrative, show office and membership support. In addition to providing general administrative support, she will assist with membership communications and show office management for Strictly Sail Pacific.

This article originally appeared in the February 2012 issue.


Suzuki sponsoring TV show

Mike Frisch, host of Fishing the Midwest television series, announced that Suzuki would be the exclusive outboard motor of the show.

Sea Tow Foundation appoints new directors

The nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation has announced the return of Gail R. Kulp as executive director. Michael Wesolowski, the former executive director, is now the director of external affairs.